6 Top Tips How CIOs Can Transform Their IT Infrastructure

IT Infrastructure

In this article I’d like to offer 6 top tips on how CIOs can transform their IT infrastructure amidst the fast-paced change of the technology landscape. For more information on the topics discussed, I invite you to download “The Transformers” – an EMEA-wide study amongst large organisations to better understand how effectively businesses were embracing and optimising the value of new technologies.

1. Embrace Change (Or It Will Embrace You)

BYOD, mobility, cloud computing and big data. These are all buzzwords that have been bandied around the technology sector and can be singled out as key megatrends dominating the market.

A common thread running through these technologies is user empowerment and the fact, now more so than ever, users have freedom to make their own IT decisions. This can be scary thought for CIOs, who can feel powerless to the number of smartphones, tablets and laptops entering the organisation.

However, much is said of the threats over the opportunities, with the latter underlining how the advent and continued prevalence of these technologies can foster innovation and improve efficiency. The challenge, however, is to embrace change whilst ensuring that repeated adoption of the “next big thing” delivers maximum benefit and optimal value to the business and demonstrable ROI.

2. Make Innovation A ‘Business Basic’

Organisations acknowledge that the levels of innovation needed to drive their IT strategies forward can only occur by using the right technology. It’s imperative that the C-suite highlight technology as a driver of innovation within the organisation.

3. Infrastructure Is Imperative

As more diverse and varied applications are added to the network, IT infrastructures are becoming increasingly convoluted. This churn can cause issues if your infrastructure is ill-equipped to handle leading-edge applications. This disparity becomes even more prevalent outside of IT, where business executives are demanding new technologies but aren’t tuned into the underlying infrastructure concerns.

4. Optimise Technology Investment

New technologies are the driving force behind innovation, and as such, if these applications underperform, so does the business. Particularly during times of austerity, wasted investment can have far-reaching implications for businesses. Almost half (46%) of those surveyed The Transformers Report said that looking at their spend on IT and networking over the past three years, they could have spent less money and achieved better results for the business.

5. Avoid ‘Leaking’ Value

With significant investments being made across a range of technology areas and new technology deployment accounting for 25% of technology spend, the importance of maximising technology spend is evident, yet in practice, new technologies introduced are falling short of their expectation.

6. Datacentre Transformation = New ‘Mega Trend’

As innovation continues to be a top priority, organisations are increasing their investment in new apps. But, before deciding to invest IT leaders must ensure new applications will meet their performance expectations and not undermine the business goals.

Businesses are investing in the right technology, yet they are not investing in their infrastructure to support the surge in leading-edge applications. IT leaders recognise that data centre performance is a key factor in application failure, yet only in a minority of cases are executives and Board members fully mindful of this. It’s time to put data centre transformation on the boardroom agenda.

With applications fully optimised and working effectively organisations can regain their certainty over ROI and continue to use technology to drive innovation across the business.

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Willem Hendrickx

Willem Hendrickx is Senior Vice President of Sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Riverbed. Prior to this, Willem was the Executive Vice President of Global Accounts and Customer Market Operations for Tieto. From 2001 to 2010, Willem was at EMC, where he held various positions, his latest as Senior Vice President of Global Channels. In this role he focused on the development and execution of EMC’s global go-to-market strategy for its channel ecosystem. Willem holds a Masters in Economics from the European Institute of Higher Education (EHSL) Brussels.